Projects, Prizes and Grants

The Australian Centre for Federalism (ACF) promotes various grants and prizes in Comparative Federalism and Multi-Level Governance at the ANU, including:

Australian Centre for Federalism's Resident Federal Scholar Program

The Australian Centre for Federalism's Resident Scholar Program aims to bring scholars from around the World to the Australian National University’s School of Politics and International relations. Our resident scholar program offers an excellent opportunity to undertake independent and/or collaborative federalism research and to engage with our academic fellows and more than 70 political scientists based at the ANU. Visitors will be given the opportunity to present their work to the ANU scholarly community.

2022 Fellows Round Open

The ACF is calling for applications for the 2022-23 Federal Scholar who will visit the Australian National University’s School of Politics and International Relations Department.


The scheme is open to any individual who:

  • holds a paid academic position at a university
  • are actively engaged in the study of (Comparative) Federalism research
  • holds a PhD in political science.

What we offer

The resident scholar offers successful applicants the following:

  • Up to $1500 for accommodation (usually on campus in a one-bedroom apartment at a rate of $100 a night)
  • Up to $3500 for international travel costs
  • Office space and use of all School of Politics and IR/ ANU library facilities (for the period of their visit)
  • Opportunity to present their work at a SPIR/ACF seminar/workshop

What we ask of Fellows

A key aim of the scheme is to facilitate meaningful engagement between SPIR academic staff and students studying federalism scholarship. Therefore, we ask interested scholars to outline how they might facilitate this. It might include offering a guest lecture, a seminar or master class or some other mode of engagement.

Please note that applicants MUST be resident in Canberra for the duration of their Fellowship. They must visit between December 2022 and 30 June 2023. All travel and accommodation bookings must be made during 2022.

Application Process

Individuals meeting the eligibility criteria should apply in writing to Associate Professor Tracy Beck Fenwick with ‘ACF Resident Scholar’ in the email header. A complete application MUST include the following:

  • Short CV including current and previous academic positions, qualifications, research grants received, and publications (max 2 pages)
  • An application (no more than 1 A4 page) including the following details:
    • Name, Current Position and University Affiliation
    • Proposed work during the Fellowship (e.g. work with SPIR/ANU staff; conduct research in Canberra, build comparative projects/collaborations etc).
    • Intended engagement activities with staff or HDR students
    • Indicative budget


Applications must be received (via email) by 5 pm (EST) on 10 of November 2022. Successful applicants will be notified by 15th of November 2022.


Updated:  21 October 2022/Responsible Officer:  Head of School/Page Contact:  CASS Marketing & Communications